The Future of Regional Banking
Many regions in Germany - and around the world - are facing difficulties due to the rapid urbanization that has increased in recent years. However, with the right strategy and implementation, regions can not only address these problems, but also take advantage of unique opportunities to succeed in the future. In our research project we investigate the role banks can play in a regional ecosystem.
As established banks face a multitude of new and diverse competitors, they must find new ways to reach their customers and build relationships with them that are stronger and more lasting than before.
The following questions relate to this:
Each of our ThinkTanks produces one future study over a period of 12 months. That is a total of 6 futures studies per year, the contents of which are available to our partner companies in advance. Before we publish the results of our research, we bring together corporate leaders in the DACH region with like-minded people and experts. In these strategy sessions, the participants reflect, evaluate, select and work on real challenges in order to return to their companies with viable solutions. At these sessions, international guest speakers provide impulses for possible starting points.
Arrival and Warm Up
Welcome by Leonhard Zintl, Management Board of Volksbank Mittweida and Jan Berger, CEO 2b AHEAD
Fishbowl session: "What makes regions attractive in 2030?" - Ralf Schreiber, Lord Mayor of Mittweida and Leonhard Zintl, Board of Management of Volksbank Mittweida
Fishbowl session: "The future of educational concepts"
Dinner with dinnerspeaker, Tino Kreßner
Soft start and summary day 1
Josefin Graef, Researcher 2b AHEAD: Presentation of the study "The Future of Regional Banking"
Worksession: The bank in the regional ecosystem
Worksession: Revenues and margins
Wrap Up and final round
End of the event
Leonhard Zintl is Managing Board of Volksbank Mittweida and a thought leader in his industry. His motto "Just do it" is reflected in the region: for him it is a matter of course to stand up for his region. He brings together people whom he thinks can shape the future together.
Tino Kreßner is a crowdfunding pioneer in Germany and co-founder of the crowdfunding platform Startnext.com. With Finlane GmbH he offers crowdfunding technology as a white-label service provider. Tino Kreßner is co-author of the "Crowdfunding Handbuch" and founding member of the Social Entrepreneurship Network Germany. He has a special connection to Mittweida, because Tino Kreßner studied media technology (Bachelor) and communication sciences (Master) at the university there.
Ralf Schreiber is mayor of the city of Mittweida. He is a networker and is committed to the economic development of the region. As a graduate engineer for information electronics, the change in the digital world is a personal concern of his. Through the reorientation of the regional business development company MWE GmbH last year, he has actively laid the foundations for strategic economic action in Mittweida and the surrounding area.
Dr. Benjamin Zeitler has a doctorate in political science and is managing director of Teleskopeffekt (www.teleskopeffekt.de). As operators of the Werkbank32 they ensure that this innovation center brings people, ideas and technologies together and that new trend-setting business models are created from it. Benjamin Zeitler has already proven several times as project manager, management consultant and managing director to successfully implement projects and companies. Most recently, as managing director of a social economy company with over 100 employees, he has shown that innovation and digitization play a role for all industries. Now he brings this experience to Mittweida.
Prof. Dr. Alexander Knauer holds the Volksbank Mittweida Endowed Chair for Digital Business and E-Entrepreneurship at the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida. He teaches and conducts research on innovative business models and is, among other things, a member of the management team of Blockchain Schaufensterregion Mittweida. He is managing director of Telescope Effect (www.teleskopeffekt.de). Among other things, as the operator of the innovation center Werkbank32, it ensures that people, ideas and technologies come together and new forward-looking business models are created from them. Alexander Knauer accompanies innovative start-ups that have the disruptive potential to shift existing industry boundaries. Prior to his academic career, he worked in various business units of one of the largest German e-commerce providers.
In our session, Carina Stoettner, research and content strategist at 2b AHEAD, will present the first results of her research. Furthermore, leading decision makers and experts in the field of regional ecosystems will share their knowledge with us.
Having lived in seven different European cities so far, Carina has not only gained a large network of people, but above all a deep understanding of intercultural interaction and the development of Europe in the digital era. She has already worked in the aviation industry, in the communications sector and in academia. As a sociologist with a focus on digitalization and communication, she loves the various possibilities that the digital world offers for all of our futures. In her master's double degree, she has focused on the implementation of culture in artificial intelligence.
Curating the 2b AHEAD ThinkTanks, she uses her experience to share the knowledge of 2b AHEAD with everyone in the ThinkTank universe to prepare them for a future in the digital age. You can listen to her in the science podcast PLANET FUTURE, in which she interviews top experts on how the future is shaping up for us.